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Posted: 06/11/20 11:12am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Alright, now that I have a camper, I need to decide where to unload it when we are not using it.

I have a straight shot pea gravel area off the driveway where I currently park my old Suburban daily driver. I have room in that spot to put the camper in first and then park my suburban.

My thought was if I put down 1 or 2 12" pavers and put the jacks on those followed up by a couple heavy duty sawhorses (1300lb capacity each) on pavers with a deck on top of them to even the weight out, it should be good.

Am I asking for trouble putting the camper on the gravel?

The alternate is to put it into a field next to where I put the camper shell when I take the shell off to put the camper on. Much less convenient and it is dirt as opposed to gravel. I would still put pavers under the jack pads and I'd still support it with sawhorses.


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Why would you think gravel in unsafe?
I put support only under front of my camper for storage.





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Not sure that either option makes a lot of difference. As long as you have adequate pads under the jacks to spread the weight out you should be fine. I'd go with the more convenient option on the gravel. Not sure about support under your camper, that's your call. We just lower our rig down when it is off the truck and have never tried to support it with saw horses. The jacks are made to take the weight and we have had our camper stored on grass, mud and gravel. As long as we have used jack pads we have never had an issue.


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I'd say gravel is much safer than dirt.


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Most of TC have water tank placed on floor in front.
When you keep TC on jacks, the weight is hanging on stapled frame.
Staples don't hold pulling very well and I am 1 of those who had a problem with floor separating.

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Mine was always on gravel but I either used four 55-gallon drums or two stacks of pallets under it for a larger base on the gravel.

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Kayteg1 wrote:

Why would you think gravel in unsafe?
I put support only under front of my camper for storage.


Just because it isn't the type of gravel that packs down. When we were kids, we had blue rock which was a mix of whatever rocks and finer material. It would pack into holes and make a nice base.

Pea gravel never really packs down. My believe is that it would be safe if I used pavers to spread the weight and make it more stable.

But, being new to this, I didn't want to assume and then regret that decision.

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Trackrig wrote:

Mine was always on gravel but I either used four 55-gallon drums or two stacks of pallets under it for a larger base on the gravel.

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I thought about 55 gallon drums. The advantage there is that it'll keep the kids from being under it when it is not in use. The sawhorses seemed like a nice and compact way to do it. And there were some under it when I picked it up.

Most of the 55 gallon drums around here are thin walled. Not like the good ol 55 gallon drums from yesteryear. Pallets are an idea, but I have a hard enough time trying to keep wasp nests under control. And they could act as a bridge for stuff to climb into the trailer.

Lots of new considerations. Someday, when we build a larger shop it'll all be a non issue.

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For 14 years mine has been on gravel, size 56 whatever that means. Anyway I have just used the yellow jack pads under the jacks and I have not experienced any problems.

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Field = mice.

This is where my camper sits when its not on the truck.
There are stacks of three cinder blocks 3 high under each corner.
The 6x6 blocks of wood that the jacks are on set in top if 2x12s.
They just set on the dirt.


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